Latest teams - City v Country

There have a number of changes to the line ups for this Friday's NSW Country Origin v NSW City Origin clash in Wollongong.

For Country, Manly fullback Brett Stewart (calf), Manly centre Jamie Lyon (personal reasons) and Dragons centre Matt Cooper (back) were all ruled out yesterday.

Sharks full back Brett Kearney is promoted to the run-on side while Amos Roberts comes onto the wing. Joel Monaghan and Ben Harris will be in the centres.

Utility Ben Hornby has been called up to take a bench spot while Dragons team mate Ben Creagh has been named as 18th man.

For City, Cowboys forward Ray Cashmere will be a starter after Manly's Jason King was forced out with a broken ankle.

Parramatta's Chad Robinson has been named on the City bench.

In other news, the Australian Rugby League has announced this year's City v Country clash will be played under international rules.

The decision means the match will feature the 12-4 interchange format rather than the current National Rugby League system of 10-4.


NSW Country Origin v NSW City Origin WIN Stadium Kick off: 7:50pm (AEST) REFEREE: Jared Maxwell

NSW Country

Coach: Laurie Daley

1. Brett Kearney (Sharks) 2. Amos Roberts (Roosters) 3. Joel Monaghan (Raiders) 4. Ben Harris (Cowboys) 5. Anthony Quinn (Storm) 6. Todd Carney (Raiders) 7. Brett Finch (Eels) 8. Brett White (Storm) 9. Danny Buderus (c) (Knights) 10. Anthony Laffranchi (Titans) 11. Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) 12. Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs) 13. Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)

INT: 14. Ben Cross (Knights) 15. Chris Heighington (Tigers) 16. Ben Hornby (Dragons) 17. Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles) 18. Ben Creagh (Dragons)

(One to be omitted)

NSW City

Coach: Tim Sheens

1. Brett Hodgson (Tigers) 2. Jarryd Hayne (Eels) 3. Ben Pomeroy (Sharks) 4. Brett Delaney (Titans) 5. Luke Rooney (Panthers) 6. Braith Anasta (Roosters) 7. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters) 8. Mark O